florence | a game of love

February 14, 2018

words by: Bere Wangge

There's definitely no better time than Valentine's Day to start playing a game of love, and nobody knew it better than game designer Ken Wong

Together with Annapurna Pictures, the movie production company behind Her and American Hustle, Wong chose this year's Valentine's Day to introduce their latest release, Florence. More then just a game, Florence has also been described as an "interactive fiction" and "visual novel." 

At the heart of the story is the leading character, a 25-year-old Asian-Australian named Florence Yeoh. Players follow her as she spends her days working, checking social media and doing other daily stuff. The audience interact by, for example, tapping the alarm clock repeatedly and trying to wake Florence up in the morning. It seems mundane at first, but when Florence meets and later falls in love with a cello player named Krish, things take a turn for the better—or perhaps for the worse.

Praised for its beautiful design, with its manga-inspired visuals, Florence has been compared to the likes of (500) Days of Summer, and we all know how that movie ends.

To experience Florence in its entirety, and to find out how the love story ends, you can download the game on the App Store for just US$2.99.

 

 


Images c/o Annapurna Pictures.